Resurrecting the Tennessee Constitution (July 10, 2013)
Recently the last hurdle to resurrecting the Tennessee constitution was removed: the Judicial Nominating Commission was dissolved.
That Commission was a group of appointed individuals who nominated people for service on the state Supreme Court, one of whom the Governor would select.
But the state constitution says the Judges “shall be elected.”
The Commission was born when activists judges tried to breathe “life” into the constitution by saying “election” meant “selection. But they essentially killed it because Judges could now re-write the state constitution any way they wanted because neither they nor the Commission were accountable to anyone.
With the Commission gone, the people will get to vote in 2014 on a constitutional amendment that will allow them to decide how to increase judicial accountability. And increasing judicial accountability will give life back to our constitution.
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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Resurrecting the Tennessee Constitution